The proposed new Victorian Invasive Species Management Bill will provide a contemporary approach to the future management of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.
Whilst many of Victoria's key strategies and policies relating to invasive species reflect a modern approach to biosecurity, based on risk management principles as the basis for government involvement, our legislation has not maintained pace with the breadth and nature of change in the biosecurity sphere.
The expansion of overseas trade and travel, changing land use and demography, as well as changing community preferences and expectations, have all contributed to a recognition that existing Victorian legislation is no longer sufficient to respond appropriately to the range of challenges that can arise in managing invasive species.
It is now widely recognised that there is a significant opportunity to provide legislation that allows a consistent operational response to pests in all taxonomic groups.
This proposed new legislation will enhance Victoria's ability to prevent new high risk invasive species from establishing, eradicate high risk invasive species already present, contain and reduce the spread of established species and manage the impacts of invasive species that are already widely present in Victoria.
The legislation will provide the necessary flexibility to efficiently and effectively respond to biosecurity threats and achieve greater alignment to both national and Victorian biosecurity policy.
Victoria's partnership approach to engaging stakeholders is an important part of developing this new Bill and I invite and encourage your feedback.
Dr. Hugh Millar
Executive Director Biosecurity Victoria